Stay Calm and Balance Heat with Bitterness :-)

“Bitter taste is a powerful detoxifying agent, and has antibiotic, anti-parasitic ans antiseptic qualities. It is also helpful in reducing weight, water retention, skin rashes, fever, burning sensations and nausea.”

                            (Eat. Taste. Heal.)

During this really hot summer, bear in mind how to balance the accumulated heat in your body. Don’t aggravate it by eating “hot” foods like mango, guava or litchi. Cool it down by reaching for bitter, drier foods like kale, spinach, bitter melon, green cabbage, zucchini, eggplant, tumeric, fenugreek, coffee and olives (examples referenced from Eat. Taste. Heal.) Bitter food stimulate the appetite while keep you feeling lighter and more energized than heavy hot foods.

If you find yourself steaming up and feeling heavy and lethargic, try this simple salad to stimulate you and keep you energized.

Bitter Gourd and Pomegranate Salad

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The flavour is bitter but balanced with sweet, tart dried pomegranates and sesame, lemon dressing.

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Step1: Wash the gourd then slice in half, lengthways. Use a teaspoon to scrape out the white flesh and seeds. Rinse once more, then pat dry.

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Next, finely slice the gourd like in the picture.

Wash your salad greens. I chose to use these bitter purple leaves in addition to my bitter gourd. I guess my body needed it:-)

Wash your salad greens. I chose to use these bitter purple leaves in addition to my bitter gourd. I guess my body needed it:-)

Rinse and dry greens then add the sliced gourd to it.

Rinse and dry greens then add the sliced gourd to it.

P1030183  P1030181P1030184The dressing is simple. Freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of sesame oil and a few gratings of Himalayan rock salt.

Finally, add some dried pomegranate or any small, sweet, tart fruit of your choice to off-set the bitterness of the salad.

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This is an internal air conditioner salad 🙂 Try it, it’s great!

Raw Coconut Ganache Tart

Raw Coconut Chocolate Ganache

My first love into raw food was Susan Powers of Rawmazing. I first discovered raw food after a meat-infused month and a half in both South Africa and the US. Upon returning to Taipei, my Beloved and I who are generally not used to eating meat at all, felt heavy and lethargic so we did a 12-day detox and during those 12 days, I reserached healthier eating options and that’s when I found Susan Powers.

Her recipes are gorgeous and healthy and her desserts and killer. This one down below is based on her own recipe, Cacao Coconut Ganache Tart. Being a chocolate-lover and big fan of hers, I decided to try this incredibly simple recipe. Even though it’s so simple, the gourmet factor is very high.

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The addition of fresh pomegranate seeds bolsters and balances the rich thickness of the raw ganache and excites the taste buds even further.

I use Raw cacao from Bali and must say that I find its chocolatey-ness much richer than most.

Enjoy!